LPN Salaries 2009 - What's competitive?

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Hi, I am a newly graduated LPN, currently looking for a job in Massachusetts. Can anyone provide any baseline salary info for comparison during my Job Search?

What is a competitive salary for an LPN in a hospital?

What is the starting salary for a new-grad LPN in a hospital?

What is a generic job description for an LPN in a hospital?

I know that LTC generally pays more, but I would eventually like to get my MSN and specialize in Pedi, possibly working in Labor & Delivery... so LTC wouldn't really provide much relevant experience :(

But.. what is a competitive salary for LTC?

Where would an LPN make the most $$?

Thanks for any info :)

MisMatch, LPN

146 Posts

Specializes in geriatrics.

Possibly the first question is whether they hire LPN's in the hospitals in your area. I'm a LPN in south-central PA, and I don't believe any of the hospitals in this area hire LPN's at this time.

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Lunah, MSN, RN

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Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

Try salary.com -- it usually can give you an estimate based on your zip code.

Specializes in Home Health, Community Health.

Hi, Thanks for your responses. I will try Salary.com. Many of the hospitals "say" they don't hire LPNs, but they do. There are postings for jobs online in several area hospitals. I think it helps too, if you can somehow get your foot in the door first.


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I'm not in MA but I do know your best bet for the best pay would probably be in LTC. Around here in FL, new LPN's start out making about 15-16 per hour in my area. The same LPN in the hospital is making 13-14. This is for the 7-3 shift. I was making 19/hr with shift diff as an 11-7 LPN back when I did that. Starting rate was 15 but I had the "weekend contract" added onto my shift diff. After a year of nursing, I went PRN to make 22/hr at the neighboring facility.

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